Thanks, Mom!

November 24, 2007

Mom’s selfless commitment to my cultural education has allowed me, after nine years of ballet lessons and thirty-forty-something years later, to take an attractive picture of my newly finished sock while Pointing My Foot! Way to go, Mom!

But wait, there’s more! I am unreasonably impressed with my ability to Match the Stripes using self-patterning yarn!  I amaze myself endlessly!  (I’m also easily amazed.)

Knitting in Real Life

October 25, 2007

Yesterday I had to make an emergency dog head cover!  The cat took a swipe at the dog’s ear, which was bleeding profusely.  Every time we got the bleeding to stop, he would shake his head and open it up again. (My kitchen looked like the site of a violent crime.)  So I quickly knit up a 3/1 ribbed tube with a hole for one ear, that would keep the other ear flat.  (Kind of like the leg of a sock, but with a hole for the ear 2″ in, and yarn-overs at one end for a drawstring).  Then I laced it onto his collar so he couldn’t get it off.  Worked really well, though it confused him.  Who knew knitting could be so medically useful?  (I suppose I could have achieved a similar effect by cutting the sleeve of a T-shirt, but I’m a knitter, darn it!)

The cat is sporting new plastic covers on his claws.

My socks to Narcissa

October 17, 2007

Here they are, in all their glory. I think Narcissa’s picture was better. One day, it would be cool to find out how to use a camera.

She got it!

October 16, 2007

Wheeeee!  Narcissa got my package!  And she likes it.  I am beyond happy.

Now I can post pictures of the socks I knit her, but it will have to wait until later in the week, since I’m in Florida on business, and the picture is on my hard drive at home (wouldn’t you know it). 

Enjoy, Narcissa!

Odds & Ends

October 6, 2007

I am swatching.  Four swatches down, and I think I finally have gauge.  Though the pattern calls for Aran, and I’m using Worsted, but I think it will be all right.  I can’t mention what it is here, because Someone might conceivably see what it is and guess it is for them.  But if you’re on Ravelry, you can check my projects and you’ll know.  But there’s no pictures yet, so maybe you should wait.  ;)

 Other gnus:  I’ve mailed off Narcissa’s package!  Now all I need to worry about are whether it will arrive in England, whether it will be rifled through by careless customs people, whether it will arrive on her doorstep, and whether she will like what’s inside.   Although I enjoyed this swap, and was thoroughly spoilt, I don’t think I can take the stress of another one!  Orphans are much more low-key.  Out of 250 of them at the orphanage, Someone is bound to be able to wear what I make, and hopefully even like it!

Pictures, pictures…maybe soon, but not tonight.

Kaz Electric Blue Socks

October 4, 2007

Kaz Electric Blue Socks, originally uploaded by kathfemme.

Yay! More socks for Kazakhstan! Yes, they really are that blue. (In fact, it’s a Claudia’s Handpainted colorway called Electric Blue.) They have a loooong section of ribbed cuff because I’m still trying to figure out when to start the cuff relative to how much yarn I have when I’m
working toe-up. But I really like using all the yarn. Plus I
personally like long-legged socks, so I’m going on faith that one of
the kids will, too. I have about 16″ of yarn left over (!) which I
can use to tie the socks together.

Now all I have to do is figure out how to make some kind of holiday
card, paste the Russian greeting inside, measure again, haul umpteen pounds of yarn to the mail center (I think I’ll use UPS, I trust it slightly more than the Post Office), and they’ll be on their way to Nanci for her to take to the orphanage!

Narcissa’s Owl Has Landed!

September 23, 2007

Hogwarts II Socks from Narcissa, originally uploaded by kathfemme.

The owl has arrived! The poor thing was exhausted from flying across the Atlantic, so when it didn’t find me at home, it cleverly dropped the package at the muggle post office. Thankfully, they let me know it was there. Fortunately, I was able to save the squealing and the barbaric wrapper ripping until I made it into my vehicle in their parking lot.

And what a package! Thoughtfully described with little notes on parchment, contained in a perfect little Ravenclaw canvas mini-tote embroidered with the house crest, Narcissa sent me: Hermione’s beaded bag (cleverly disguised as a lavender sachet), lovely chocolate (in case of dementors – she thinks of everything!), gorgeous rosewood needles (I was careful not to let anything happen to them, they are so delicate, but so beautiful!), Harry Potter muggle postage (somebody must have goofed on their memory charm), a hand-knitted bag in Ravenclaw colors filled with sherbet lemons (the picture doesn’t quite show all of them because Someone may have eagerly eaten some while she was in the parking lot), a beautifully wrought ornamental mesh bag containing lovely Ravenclaw stitch markers that she Made Herself (clever woman!), softly colored Lorna’s Laces sock yarn, and…SOCKS! Warm, squishy, cuddly, hand-knit-with-love, Ravenclaw socks! Which fit as though she had sent her house elf to personally measure my feet. I am so delighted I can hardly breathe!

Thank you, Narcissa! Thank you!

Hogwart’s Questionnaire II

September 4, 2007

Yes, progress on Narcissa’s second sock is still being made! 

So, for the new questionnaire:

1)  What type of pet do you choose as your companion at Hogwarts?  Probably a cat.  They’re not very reliable, but they feel good to hold. 

2)  While shopping in Hogsmeade you stop by Honeydukes for some sweets. What treats do you purchase for yourself?  Madame Godiva’s Exceptional Chocolates for Restoration and Repose

3)  A potion you are preparing needs an ingredient available only at muggle shops. You don’t want to stand out in your wizards robes, so you resort to traditional muggle clothing. Describe your outfit in detail.   A blue or purple dress with a shawl and mary janes, and some kind of silver jewelry that has things that sparkle.

3)  What is your favorite subject to study at Hogwarts and why?   History of Magic.  I like to know why; I like to know how; I like to know who; I like to analyze everything.

4)  Likewise, what subject is your least favorite and why?   Arithmancy.  Too routine and predictable.

5)  Back to the potion you were shopping for ingredients for, what type of potion are you making, what color is it, what are the ingredients, and precisely what does the potion do?    I’m making a Magical Demesstification Draught.  It’s a beautiful rainbow color that continually shifts into pleasing patterns.  Ingredients required:  1) Dragon’s blood that has been donated voluntarily by an extremely rare species of highly cognitive altruistic dragons, 2)  Half of one of Happy Hildegarde’s Contentment Lozenges, 3)  Crushed crystals, assorted colors, 4)  Oils of lavender, bergamot, geranium, and rose, 5)  three hairs of a freed house-elf, and 6)  table salt.  (The muggle shop carries the table salt.)  When ingested, it renders the recipient into a blissful state of great desire to organize objects and purge clutter, accompanied by an increased facility with spells pertaining to time and space.  If I’m successful with results for myself, I’m going to slip some to my loved ones. 

 This was fun!

Former Sock – now a swatch

August 15, 2007

Former Sock – now a swatch, originally uploaded by kathfemme.

When is a sock not a sock? When it’s become a swatch.

Bottom half: Undulating Rib. Fun to knit, but you can’t see what on earth it is with this yarn.

Upper portion: Spiral Rib. Really pretty. But the yarn looks marled. Even more broken-up. (Also one of life’s little ironies: it’s K3, P3, just like The Dreaded Shawl. But more fun, because it’s staggered.)

Top 3/4 “: K3, P1 rib. Looks plain, but it doesn’t give me a headache and should have some effect as a ribbing. Pleasant to knit. BORING to look at.

ARUGH! I’m going to sleep on it. Narcissa, bless her heart, probably thinks it’s all just fine.

5″ of sock are about to bite the dust.

P.S. Ravelry is the best reason for the internet to exist.

Goodbye, World

August 12, 2007

Oh, my.  I have just received my invitation to Ravelry.  By all accounts, it is an enormous time sink.  It’s been nice knowing everyone….


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